Airworthiness Directives; Textron Aviation Inc. Airplanes, 23497-23500 [2017-10391]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Rules and Regulations (h) Definition of Serviceable EPSU For the purpose of this AD, a serviceable EPSU is one that meets the criteria in paragraph (h)(1), (h)(2), or (h)(3) of this AD. (1) Has P/N 301–3100 Amdt A and a serial number that is not included figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD. (2) Has P/N 301–3100 Amdt A and a serial number that is included in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD, but has a control sticker marked with ‘‘SIL 301–3100–33–001.’’ (3) Has P/N 301–3100 Amdt B, or later amendment. (i) Alternative Modification of Affected EPSU In lieu of the replacement required by paragraph (g) of this AD, modification of an affected EPSU may be done in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of COBHAM Service Bulletin 301–3100–33– 002, Revision 3, dated July 30, 2015. (j) Parts Installation Prohibition As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install on any airplane any EPSU having P/N 301–3100 Amdt A and a serial number identified in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD, unless it has a control sticker marked with ‘‘SIL 301–3100–33–001.’’ jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES (k) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the applicable service information identified in paragraph (k)(1), (k)(2), (k)(3), (k)(4), (k)(5), or (k)(6) of this AD, provided it can be determined that no EPSU having a serial number listed in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD has been installed on that airplane since the actions in the applicable service bulletin were completed. (1) ATR Service Bulletin ATR42–33–0050, dated December 11, 2015. (2) ATR Service Bulletin ATR42–33–0050, Revision 01, dated January 26, 2016. (3) ATR Service Bulletin ATR42–33–0050, Revision 02, dated May 2, 2016. (4) ATR Service Bulletin ATR72–33–1043, dated December 11, 2015. (5) ATR Service Bulletin ATR72–33–1043, Revision 01, dated January 26, 2016. (6) ATR Service Bulletin ATR72–33–1043, Revision 02, dated May 2, 2016. (l) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1112; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116- VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:41 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 23497 AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or ATR–GIE Avions de Transport ´ Regional’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. (m) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2016–0070, dated April 11, 2016; corrected April 12, 2016; for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA– 2016–9430. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1112; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. (3) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (n)(3), (n)(4), and (n)(5) of this AD. Federal Aviation Administration (n) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (i) ATR Service Bulletin ATR42–33–0050, Revision 03, dated May 25, 2016. (ii) ATR Service Bulletin ATR72–33–1043, Revision 03, dated July 20, 2016. (iii) COBHAM Service Bulletin 301–3100– 33–002, Revision 3, dated July 30, 2015. (3) For ATR service information identified in this AD, contact ATR–GIE Avions de ´ ´ Transport Regional, 1, Allee Pierre Nadot, 31712 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 (0) 5 62 21 62 21; fax +33 (0) 5 62 21 67 18; email continued.airworthiness@atr.fr; Internet http://www.aerochain.com. (4) For COBHAM service information identified in this AD, contact Cobham Aerospace Communications, 174–178 Quai de Jemmapes, Paris, France, 75010; telephone +33 (0) 1 53 38 98 98; fax +33 (0) 1 42 00 67 83. (5) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (6) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Issued in Renton, Washington, on April 27, 2017. Paul Bernado, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–10258 Filed 5–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2017–0450; Directorate Identifier 2017–CE–013–AD; Amendment 39–18883; AD 2017–10–09] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Textron Aviation Inc. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Textron Aviation Inc. Models 402C and 414A airplanes (type certificate previously held by Cessna Aircraft Company). This AD requires inspecting the nacelle fittings for cracks, replacing if necessary, and reporting the results of the inspection to the FAA. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks found on certain nacelle fittings. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective June 7, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of June 7, 2017. We must receive comments on this AD by July 7, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23MYR1.SGM 23MYR1 23498 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this final rule, contact Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Customer Service, One Cessna Blvd., Wichita, Kansas 67215; telephone: (316) 517– 5800; email: corpcomm@txtav.com; Internet: www.txtav.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329– 4148. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2017–0450. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2017– 0450; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647– 5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Chapman, Aerospace Engineer, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: (316) 946– 4152; fax: (316) 946–4107, email: paul.chapman@faa.gov or WichitaCOS@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We received a report from an operator who discovered a failed nacelle fitting on a Textron Aviation Inc. Model 402C airplane. The nacelle fitting was completely cracked through and no longer functioned as intended. Investigation revealed that the part was not manufactured in accordance with the design specification. We have determined that out-of-tolerance parts may lead to premature failure caused by metal fatigue. The Textron Aviation Inc. Model 414A airplanes share a similar design in the affected area to that of the Model 402C airplanes. This condition, if not corrected, could result in failure of the nacelle fitting, which could lead to engine nacelle separation and loss of control. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed Textron Aviation Mandatory Multi-engine Service Letter MEL–54–02, Revision 2, dated March 29, 2017. The service letter describes procedures for inspecting the nacelle fittings for cracks and replacing if necessary. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES. FAA’s Determination We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. AD Requirements This AD requires accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously. This AD also requires sending the inspection results to the FAA so that appropriate information can be evaluated for any possible change in future inspections. FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because cracks in the nacelle fitting may cause the fitting to fail, which could lead to engine nacelle separation and loss of control. Therefore, we find that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety and was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public comment. However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA–2017–0450 and Directorate Identifier 2017–CE–013–AD at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 555 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Labor cost Inspect nacelle fittings ............ jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES Action 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 ..................................... We estimate the following costs to do any necessary replacements that will be Parts cost required based on the results of the inspection. We have no way of N/A Labor cost Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029–21 (this is the replacement part for P/N 5292029–9, which is no longer in production). 80 work-hours × $85 per hour = $6,800. 13:41 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 $170 Cost on U.S. operators $94,350 determining the number of airplanes that may need these replacements: Action VerDate Sep<11>2014 Cost per product E:\FR\FM\23MYR1.SGM Parts cost 23MYR1 $4,084 Cost per product $10,884 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Action Labor cost Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029–22 (this is the replacement part for P/N 5292029–10, which is no longer in production). Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029–23 (this is the replacement part for P/N 5292029–11, which is no longer in production). Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029–24 (this is the replacement part for P/N 5292029–12, which is no longer in production). Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029–21 and P/N 5292029–23 (both lefthand engine beam fittings). Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029–22 and P/N 5292029–24 (both right-hand engine beam fittings). 80 work-hours × $85 $6,800. 80 work-hours × $85 $6,800. 80 work-hours × $85 $6,800. 128 work-hours × $85 $10,880. 128 work-hours × $85 $10,880. Paperwork Reduction Act Regulatory Findings A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB control number. The control number for the collection of information required by this AD is 2120–0056. The paperwork cost associated with this AD has been detailed in the Costs of Compliance section of this document and includes time for reviewing instructions, as well as completing and reviewing the collection of information. Therefore, all reporting associated with this AD is mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591. ATTN: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979), (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:41 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2017–10–09 Textron Aviation Inc.: Amendment 39–18883; Docket No. FAA–2017–0450; Directorate Identifier 2017–CE–013–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective June 7, 2017. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Parts cost 23499 Cost per product per hour = 3,985 10,785 per hour = 5,373 12,173 per hour = 5,373 12,173 per hour = 4,084 5,373 3,985 5,373 20,337 per hour = 20,238 (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Textron Aviation Inc. (type certificate previously held by Cessna Aircraft Company) Model 402C airplanes, serial numbers 402C0001 through 402C1020, and Model 414A airplanes, serial numbers 414A0001 through 414A1212, that are certificated in any category; and are equipped with either of the following: (1) Cessna Multi-Engine Service Kit SK402–47, ‘‘Lower Front Wing Spar Cap Inspection/Modification,’’ Original Issue, Revision A, or Revision B; or (2) Nacelle fittings part numbers (P/Ns) 5292029–9, 5292029–10, 5292029–11, 5292029–12, 5292029–21, 5292029–22, 5292029–23, or 5292029–24. Note 1 to paragraph (c) of this AD: P/Ns 5292029–9, 5292029–10, 5292029–11, 5292029–12, 5292029–21, 5292029–22, 5292029–23, or 5292029–24 were installed when the Cessna Multi-Engine Service Kit SK402–47 was installed. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/ Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 5415; Nacelles/Pylons. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of cracks found on certain nacelle fittings. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracks on the nacelle fitting, which could cause the nacelle fitting to fail. This failure could result in engine nacelle separation and loss of control. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Inspection Inspect the nacelle fitting following the Accomplishment Instructions (except for paragraph 6) in Textron Aviation Mandatory Multi-engine Service Letter MEL–54–02, Revision 2, dated March 29, 2017, at the applicable compliance times specified in paragraphs (g)(1) through (2) of this AD. (1) For airplanes with less than 7,400 hours time-in-service (TIS) on the affected nacelle fitting: Before or upon accumulating 3,500 hours (TIS) on the nacelle fitting or within the next 100 hours TIS after June 7, 2017 (the E:\FR\FM\23MYR1.SGM 23MYR1 23500 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Rules and Regulations effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later. Repetitively thereafter inspect every 120 hours TIS until the nacelle fitting has reached 7,500 hours TIS. When the airplane reaches 7,500 hours TIS on the affected nacelle fitting, the repetitive inspection time must be changed to 60 hours TIS. A 10-hour TIS grace period is allowed for those airplanes between 51 and 110 hours TIS for the first repetitive inspection when the airplane reaches 7,500 hours TIS on the nacelle. (2) For airplanes with 7,400 hours TIS or more on the affected nacelle fitting: Before or upon accumulating 7,500 hours TIS on the nacelle fitting or within the next 25 hours TIS after June 7, 2017 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later. Repetitively thereafter inspect every 60 hours TIS. (h) Replacement (1) If cracks are found during any inspection required in paragraph (g) of this AD, before further flight, replace the cracked nacelle fitting. (2) If a cracked nacelle fitting P/N 5292029–9, 5292029–10, 5292029–11, 5292029–12, 5292029–21, 5292029–22, 5292029–23, or 5292029–24, is replaced with a new nacelle fitting P/N 5292029–9, 5292029–10, 5292029–11, 5292029–12, 5292029–21, 5292029–22, 5292029–23, or 5292029–24, the new part is subject to the requirements of this AD. (i) Reporting Requirement Within 10 days after doing the initial inspection in paragraph (g) of this AD or within 10 days after June 7, 2017 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later, using the Attachment to Textron Aviation Mandatory Multi-engine Service Letter MEL–54–02, Revision 2, dated March 29, 2017, ‘‘Visual Inspection Results Form,’’ complete the report and send a copy to the Wichita Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) at the address listed in paragraph (m) of this AD or by email to Wichita-COS@faa.gov. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES (j) Credit for Actions Accomplished in Accordance With Previous Service Information This AD allows credit for the inspections required in paragraph (g) of this AD if done before June 7, 2017 (the effective date of this AD), following Textron Aviation Mandatory Multi-engine Service Letter MEL–54–02, dated December 23, 2016, or Textron Aviation Mandatory Multi-engine Service Letter MEL–54–02, Revision 1, dated March 22, 2017. (k) Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Statement A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120–0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:41 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 instructions, completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 9, 2017. Melvin Johnson, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. (l) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (1) The Manager, Wichita ACO, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (m) of this AD. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. Federal Aviation Administration (m) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Paul Chapman, Aerospace Engineer, Wichita ACO, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: (316) 946– 4152; fax: (316) 946–4107; email: paul.chapman@faa.gov or Wichita-COS@ faa.gov. (n) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (i) Textron Aviation Mandatory Multiengine Service Letter MEL–54–02, Revision 2, dated March 29, 2017. (ii) Reserved. (3) For Textron Aviation Inc. service information identified in this AD, contact Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Customer Service, One Cessna Blvd., Wichita, KS 67215; telephone: (316) 517– 5800; email: corpcom@txtav.comm; Internet: www.txtav.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. It is also available on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2017–0450. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 [FR Doc. 2017–10391 Filed 5–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–7426; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–199–AD; Amendment 39–18900; AD 2017–11–01] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737–100, –200, and –200C series airplanes. This AD is intended to complete certain mandated programs to support the airplane reaching its limit of validity (LOV) of the engineering data that support the established structural maintenance program. This AD requires various repetitive inspections for cracking of certain lugs on the rear spar and horizontal stabilizer, related investigative and corrective actions if necessary, and replacement of the center section rear spar upper chord as applicable. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: This AD is effective June 27, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of June 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; telephone 562–797–1717; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. It is also available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for DATES: E:\FR\FM\23MYR1.SGM 23MYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 98 (Tuesday, May 23, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2017-0450; Directorate Identifier 2017-CE-013-AD; 
Amendment 39-18883; AD 2017-10-09]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Textron Aviation Inc. Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
Textron Aviation Inc. Models 402C and 414A airplanes (type certificate 
previously held by Cessna Aircraft Company). This AD requires 
inspecting the nacelle fittings for cracks, replacing if necessary, and 
reporting the results of the inspection to the FAA. This AD was 
prompted by reports of cracks found on certain nacelle fittings. We are 
issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective June 7, 2017.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of June 7, 
2017.
    We must receive comments on this AD by July 7, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-

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30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this final rule, contact 
Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Customer Service, One Cessna 
Blvd., Wichita, Kansas 67215; telephone: (316) 517-5800; email: 
corpcomm@txtav.com; Internet: www.txtav.com. You may view this service 
information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas 
City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. It is also available on the 
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating 
Docket No. FAA-2017-0450.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-
0450; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and 
other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 
800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available 
in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Chapman, Aerospace Engineer, 
Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, 
Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: (316) 946-4152; fax: (316) 946-4107, 
email: paul.chapman@faa.gov or Wichita-COS@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We received a report from an operator who discovered a failed 
nacelle fitting on a Textron Aviation Inc. Model 402C airplane. The 
nacelle fitting was completely cracked through and no longer functioned 
as intended.
    Investigation revealed that the part was not manufactured in 
accordance with the design specification. We have determined that out-
of-tolerance parts may lead to premature failure caused by metal 
fatigue.
    The Textron Aviation Inc. Model 414A airplanes share a similar 
design in the affected area to that of the Model 402C airplanes.
    This condition, if not corrected, could result in failure of the 
nacelle fitting, which could lead to engine nacelle separation and loss 
of control. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on 
these products.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Textron Aviation Mandatory Multi-engine Service Letter 
MEL-54-02, Revision 2, dated March 29, 2017. The service letter 
describes procedures for inspecting the nacelle fittings for cracks and 
replacing if necessary. This service information is reasonably 
available because the interested parties have access to it through 
their normal course of business or by the means identified in the 
ADDRESSES.

FAA's Determination

    We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant 
information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is 
likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

AD Requirements

    This AD requires accomplishing the actions specified in the service 
information described previously. This AD also requires sending the 
inspection results to the FAA so that appropriate information can be 
evaluated for any possible change in future inspections.

FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of 
this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies 
waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because 
cracks in the nacelle fitting may cause the fitting to fail, which 
could lead to engine nacelle separation and loss of control. Therefore, 
we find that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are 
impracticable and that good cause exists for making this amendment 
effective in less than 30 days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety and was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public 
comment. However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA-2017-0450 and 
Directorate Identifier 2017-CE-013-AD at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will 
consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this 
AD because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 555 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
                Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
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Inspect nacelle fittings..............  2 work-hours x $85 per               N/A            $170         $94,350
                                         hour = $170.
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    We estimate the following costs to do any necessary replacements 
that will be required based on the results of the inspection. We have 
no way of determining the number of airplanes that may need these 
replacements:

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                                                                                                     Cost per
                    Action                                 Labor cost               Parts cost        product
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Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029-21 (this    80 work-hours x $85 per hour =            $4,084         $10,884
 is the replacement part for P/N 5292029-9,      $6,800.
 which is no longer in production).

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Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029-22 (this    80 work-hours x $85 per hour =             3,985          10,785
 is the replacement part for P/N 5292029-10,     $6,800.
 which is no longer in production).
Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029-23 (this    80 work-hours x $85 per hour =             5,373          12,173
 is the replacement part for P/N 5292029-11,     $6,800.
 which is no longer in production).
Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029-24 (this    80 work-hours x $85 per hour =             5,373          12,173
 is the replacement part for P/N 5292029-12,     $6,800.
 which is no longer in production).
Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029-21 and P/N  128 work-hours x $85 per hour =            4,084          20,337
 5292029-23 (both left-hand engine beam          $10,880.                                  5,373
 fittings).
Replace nacelle fitting P/N 5292029-22 and P/N  128 work-hours x $85 per hour =            3,985          20,238
 5292029-24 (both right-hand engine beam         $10,880.                                  5,373
 fittings).
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Paperwork Reduction Act

    A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to penalty for 
failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the 
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of 
information displays a current valid OMB control number. The control 
number for the collection of information required by this AD is 2120-
0056. The paperwork cost associated with this AD has been detailed in 
the Costs of Compliance section of this document and includes time for 
reviewing instructions, as well as completing and reviewing the 
collection of information. Therefore, all reporting associated with 
this AD is mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden 
and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA 
at 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591. ATTN: Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, AES-200.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. ``Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs'' 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, section 44701: ``General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing 
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator 
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within 
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition 
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

    This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 
13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, 
on the relationship between the national government and the States, or 
on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various 
levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866,
    (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979),
    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2017-10-09 Textron Aviation Inc.: Amendment 39-18883; Docket No. 
FAA-2017-0450; Directorate Identifier 2017-CE-013-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective June 7, 2017.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Textron Aviation Inc. (type certificate 
previously held by Cessna Aircraft Company) Model 402C airplanes, 
serial numbers 402C0001 through 402C1020, and Model 414A airplanes, 
serial numbers 414A0001 through 414A1212, that are certificated in 
any category; and are equipped with either of the following:
    (1) Cessna Multi-Engine Service Kit SK402-47, ``Lower Front Wing 
Spar Cap Inspection/Modification,'' Original Issue, Revision A, or 
Revision B; or
    (2) Nacelle fittings part numbers (P/Ns) 5292029-9, 5292029-10, 
5292029-11, 5292029-12, 5292029-21, 5292029-22, 5292029-23, or 
5292029-24.

    Note 1 to paragraph (c) of this AD:  P/Ns 5292029-9, 5292029-10, 
5292029-11, 5292029-12, 5292029-21, 5292029-22, 5292029-23, or 
5292029-24 were installed when the Cessna Multi-Engine Service Kit 
SK402-47 was installed.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association 
(ATA) of America Code 5415; Nacelles/Pylons.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of cracks found on certain 
nacelle fittings. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct 
cracks on the nacelle fitting, which could cause the nacelle fitting 
to fail. This failure could result in engine nacelle separation and 
loss of control. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe 
condition on these products.

(f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.

(g) Inspection

    Inspect the nacelle fitting following the Accomplishment 
Instructions (except for paragraph 6) in Textron Aviation Mandatory 
Multi-engine Service Letter MEL-54-02, Revision 2, dated March 29, 
2017, at the applicable compliance times specified in paragraphs 
(g)(1) through (2) of this AD.
    (1) For airplanes with less than 7,400 hours time-in-service 
(TIS) on the affected nacelle fitting: Before or upon accumulating 
3,500 hours (TIS) on the nacelle fitting or within the next 100 
hours TIS after June 7, 2017 (the

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effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later. Repetitively 
thereafter inspect every 120 hours TIS until the nacelle fitting has 
reached 7,500 hours TIS. When the airplane reaches 7,500 hours TIS 
on the affected nacelle fitting, the repetitive inspection time must 
be changed to 60 hours TIS. A 10-hour TIS grace period is allowed 
for those airplanes between 51 and 110 hours TIS for the first 
repetitive inspection when the airplane reaches 7,500 hours TIS on 
the nacelle.
    (2) For airplanes with 7,400 hours TIS or more on the affected 
nacelle fitting: Before or upon accumulating 7,500 hours TIS on the 
nacelle fitting or within the next 25 hours TIS after June 7, 2017 
(the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later. 
Repetitively thereafter inspect every 60 hours TIS.

(h) Replacement

    (1) If cracks are found during any inspection required in 
paragraph (g) of this AD, before further flight, replace the cracked 
nacelle fitting.
    (2) If a cracked nacelle fitting P/N 5292029-9, 5292029-10, 
5292029-11, 5292029-12, 5292029-21, 5292029-22, 5292029-23, or 
5292029-24, is replaced with a new nacelle fitting P/N 5292029-9, 
5292029-10, 5292029-11, 5292029-12, 5292029-21, 5292029-22, 5292029-
23, or 5292029-24, the new part is subject to the requirements of 
this AD.

(i) Reporting Requirement

    Within 10 days after doing the initial inspection in paragraph 
(g) of this AD or within 10 days after June 7, 2017 (the effective 
date of this AD), whichever occurs later, using the Attachment to 
Textron Aviation Mandatory Multi-engine Service Letter MEL-54-02, 
Revision 2, dated March 29, 2017, ``Visual Inspection Results 
Form,'' complete the report and send a copy to the Wichita Aircraft 
Certification Office (ACO) at the address listed in paragraph (m) of 
this AD or by email to Wichita-COS@faa.gov.

(j) Credit for Actions Accomplished in Accordance With Previous Service 
Information

    This AD allows credit for the inspections required in paragraph 
(g) of this AD if done before June 7, 2017 (the effective date of 
this AD), following Textron Aviation Mandatory Multi-engine Service 
Letter MEL-54-02, dated December 23, 2016, or Textron Aviation 
Mandatory Multi-engine Service Letter MEL-54-02, Revision 1, dated 
March 22, 2017.

(k) Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Statement

    A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty 
for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to 
the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that 
collection of information displays a current valid OMB Control 
Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 
2120-0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is 
estimated to be approximately 5 minutes per response, including the 
time for reviewing instructions, completing and reviewing the 
collection of information. All responses to this collection of 
information are mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this 
burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to 
the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591, Attn: 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES-200.

(l) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Wichita ACO, FAA, has the authority to approve 
AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your 
principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as 
appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the 
ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph 
(m) of this AD.
    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding 
district office.

(m) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Paul Chapman, 
Aerospace Engineer, Wichita ACO, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, 
Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: (316) 946-4152; fax: (316) 946-
4107; email: paul.chapman@faa.gov or Wichita-COS@faa.gov.

(n) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Textron Aviation Mandatory Multi-engine Service Letter MEL-
54-02, Revision 2, dated March 29, 2017.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (3) For Textron Aviation Inc. service information identified in 
this AD, contact Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Customer 
Service, One Cessna Blvd., Wichita, KS 67215; telephone: (316) 517-
5800; email: corpcom@txtav.comm; Internet: www.txtav.com.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Small 
Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
(816) 329-4148. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-
2017-0450.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 9, 2017.
Melvin Johnson,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-10391 Filed 5-22-17; 8:45 am]
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